“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Bath Basins & Seats „
Good space saving bath tub, useful for travelling. I bought this bath as it has a soft rubbery/plastic base and has a flap which attaches to one end of the bath to give an incline rest for the baby.
The bath is compact and easy to fold up. However, the 4 legs made of hard plastic do not open up very well - I find it hard to click these into place in order for the bath to sit on the floor properly.
The base is made of a rubbery/plastic type material and is quite thick so punctures are unlikely. There is also a small clear plastic drain release plug at the base, although I find it faster to tip the water out of the bath instead of waiting for it to drain out through the small release plug.
The inflatable sections are supposed to help keep the incline part up but I've never used this as it's too much hassle to blow this up for each bath and then deflate it after to pack the bath away.
All in all, good if you want a space saving solution and need to use this for travelling. If not, a normal plastic bath tub will suffice as it's not very easy to drain a floppy bath and the incline position is rarely used as you would probably be holding up the baby in your arm anyway.
The Mothercare Fold Away Bath is a great space saving idea for people like me who have limited storage space or a smaller house. It is made of a durable white plastic rim, blue plastic fold down legs and an inflatable inner which is made from similar material to paddling pools. Setting up the bath is simple by unfolding the white rim almost like you're opening a card, as you open it fully it will click, locking the centre joins into place ensuring the bath doesn't fold in on itself, the 4 legs are pulled down and also click into locking points ensuring stability and making sure that the bath doesn't tip and spill the water, you can use the bath without inflating the inner section however if you choose to inflate it is much like blowing up rubber rings or beach balls, blowing air into the plastic valves and plugging them closed to keep the air in, inflated the bath provides more comfort for the baby but is a little bulkier to move around when it comes to emptying the bath.
A baby bath isn't necessarily an essential item to have as many people will simply use the big bath, with or without a baby bath seat, or may even still use the sink, however with 2 older children to keep an eye on as well I find a baby bath a very useful item, allowing me to bath my little one downstairs so I can make sure the others aren't creating mayhem! I like to bath Jack first thing on a morning when the other 2 are having their breakfast, it guarantees he'll get his bath as I'm liable to forget or run out of time as the day goes on and he is usually having a nap when my other 2 have their evening bath, not that I could manage all 3 of them in the bath at once, I can only imagine the chaos that would create.
Naturally lugging a standard baby bath around would end up inconvenient and time consuming and there is certainly no way I could carry a full of bath water out to the sink or upstairs to the bathroom to empty, I'm just not that strong and regular baby baths can be quite heavy when full, the Fold Away bath is extremely lightweight in comparison and it means I can carry it out to the sink with far more ease. Being light weight and compact when folded down means I can actually keep the bath stored in the kitchen so it's on hand whenever I want it, standard baby baths end up taking up a lot of space, I used to keep one in the big bath but that was a pain every time I wanted to run a bath for one of us older family members.
Setting up the bath and taking it down again is really quick and easy and once I've poured the water away I like to pop it out by the back door to drain the last few drops before folding it up and putting it away again, this just helps keep the bath in the best possible condition and prevents any residue gathering on the materials. The bath does come with a small rubber arm which acts as a locking device when you want to keep the folded down bath together, however I found that it came off of the bath easily, much to my discomfort as the bath fell on my foot as a result, and I was unable to put it back on again, so I gave up on that.
The inflatable sections allow you to create an incline to rest your baby on although I would still rather support my baby myself for the first few months, naturally with young babies and newborns you don't need to use much water and should never leave them unattended, an additional baby seat would fit in the bath but you run the risk of damaging the inner possibly resulting in a puncture so it's better if you use the bath as it is, saving baby seats for when you use the big bath. The bath does come with a puncture repair kit though, just in case!
As well as being great for those of us with small houses the baths compact size means you can also take it on holiday with you without it taking up too much space in your car. We usually go on holidays in caravans which only have small shower units, I've never been happy to use the shower on my babies and the units rarely come with a plug to enable you to turn it into a makeshift bath so being able to take the Fold Away bath on holiday with us means the baby still gets to have a proper bath instead of just washes, ok yes a wash will get your baby clean but there's nothing quite like the bonding time when you bath your young baby and I know my little ones certainly enjoy their bath times, kicking in the water and splashing around.
Obviously there will be a stage where your child is too old to use the bath, this will depend on the age, size and development of your little one. Jack is a big boy for his age, both in weight and in length, he still fits nicely in the bath at 7 weeks old however give him a couple more months and he may be too long to fit in the bath laying down, he'll still be able to use it in more of an elevated or sitting position though and I'll use the bath for him until he's able to sit unaided. He's clearly happy and comfortable in the bath as he now gets upset when I take him out, even on warm days so I know it's not because he's cold, although the first few baths of his life didn't go down well and he screamed the house down!
We were lucky enough to be given the bath as a gift however you can buy it from Mothercare for £20.99 (both in store and online http://www.mothercare.com) an identical style bath is also available from Argos for £19.99. This may seem a lot for a baby bath but most baby bath sets cost around that much nowadays, although budget ones are available, and you can get a lot of use out of it as the durable material makes it long lasting and it's fold away design means it's easy to store until the next baby comes along that could make use of it, of course once you've had all the children you plan to and you know nobody else planning little ones you could always double the bath up as a washing basket for carting wet washing out to the line. Had it not been a gift I would definitely have bought the bath myself.
Like I said not everyone will want to use a baby bath preferring to save their money for something else, however I find this one very handy as it allows me to bath baby in whatever room I choose or even take it travelling with us and when we've finished with it we simply pop it away and it's not around getting in the way. If you're looking for a good baby bath I can certainly recommend this one.
For tips and safety advice concerning bathing your baby visit- http://www.babycenter.in/baby/dailycare/bathingyourbaby
Suitable from birth to 2 years. Ideal for travelling and has a soft inflatable base that includes an incline position for newborn babies. Also features a release drain plug for easy clean up.